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A Review of Mars Attacks Volume 1: Attack From Space by John Layman & John McCrea

Mars Attacks, Volume 1- Attack From Space

Mars Attacks Volume 1: Attack From Space

John Layman & John McCrea

This is Volume 1 of many. The book contains the first 5 comics in the series that started with Issue #1, Published June, 2012. It also included Issue #6, which begins the second volume (at least my Advanced Readers Copy did). At the end of Issue #5, it says

Mars Attacks
Book One”

So Issue #6 may not be included.

This book has some of the same feeling as the Mars Attacks movie, directed by Tim Burton in 1996, which was based on the Topps trading cards from 1962. The Martians look nearly identical and they use flying saucers, and ray guns to blast away the flesh on their victims. The movie has a bit more comedy to it than the book does.

Once you get away from the basic premise of Martians attacking Earth with flying saucers and ray guns, the movie and the book’s paths separate. This book has new versions of the Topps trading cards interspersed throughout. They show different scenes so that this story can follow them instead of the original series. There is a new set of heroes that will be the primary focus of the battles against the Martians. The story and drawings are very good. The action is constant. If you enjoy heroes instead of superheroes, you will like this series. This is a book binding the actual story pages from the comic books, so other features such as letters pages and ads are missing. The comic is a monthly, so January should see the publication of Issue #7. I will be looking forward to stopping by my local comic book shop and looking for it.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5. It’s a good, fast paced, action graphic novel.

I received this book for free through

Book Description

Publication Date: February 26, 2013 | Series: Mars Attacks

The invasion begins! The first stories of an all-new Mars Attacks universe are here, bringing outrageous action and dark humor to the comics page. Eisner-winning writer John Layman (Chew) is joined by Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman) to sound the alarm. Beware! The Martians are coming!

Product Details

Paperback: 124 pages

Publisher: IDW Publishing (February 26, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1613774214

ISBN-13: 978-1613774212

The product description is from Amazon. Mars Attacks Volume 1: Attack From Space